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California Gang Member Sentenced to Death:  A Kings County judge sentenced Pedro Cortez Valles to death earlier this week for the 2004 murder of a rival gang member, reports the AP.  Valles was convicted of first-degree murder in March, with a special circumstance of a having a prior murder conviction four years earlier. 

Victims' Family Sues Over Killer's Early Release:  The Boston Herald reports that relatives of a Washington couple brutally murdered in 2007 filed a civil rights lawsuit this week against Massachusetts law enforcement officials.  Daniel Tavares Jr. was released early while serving a sentence for killing his mother based on an improper credit of 698 days of statutory good time.  The complaint alleges that at the time of the 2007 Washington murders, an outstanding warrant authorized Tavares's arrest in New England but that Massachusetts officials knew he had fled to Washington.  The family members claim that by releasing Taveres early and failing to arrest him in Washington before the murders, Massachusetts officials are to blame for the couple's slayings.  

Wedding Limo Carjacked:   45-year-old Joseph Ghella of Boston is facing charges of carjacking and larceny of a motor vehicle after he carjacked a limo during a wedding ceremony.  Last weekend, Ghella ordered the bridesmaids out of the limo in front of the church and took off with the vehicle.  The women proceeded calmly down the aisle and did not tell anyone about the incident until after the ceremony concluded.  The Boston Globe has this story

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